Alexander College acknowledges that the land on which we usually gather is the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples, including the territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. We are grateful to have the opportunity to live and work in this territory.
June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day, which is a day to celebrate the heritage, cultures and achievements of the First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples. June 21st was chosen as National Indigenous Peoples day due to its proximity to the summer solstice, which is a date on or around a time where many Indigenous communities celebrate their culture and heritage because of the summer solstice’s significance as the longest day of the year. Originally National Aboriginal Day, this holiday was announced in 1966 by Canada’s then-Governor General, before being renamed National Indigenous Peoples Day in 2017 by the Prime Minister of Canada.
If you are looking for a good documentary to watch that celebrates the achievements of Indigenous people, consider checking out Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World on Kanopy, a film database that we subscribe to at the Alexander College Library. If you are interested in discovering more music by Indigenous artists, Indigenous Music has a great collection of musical artists to explore, or if you are interested in some good books to read, CBC Books has compiled a list of must-reads by Indigenous authors that can be found on this page.
For those who are interested in discovering First Nations art pieces around BC, the North Shore Culture Compass Map allows visitors to view listings of Indigenous art all across B.C. If you are looking for some virtual learning from home, the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre has put together a variety of resources on different aspects of Indigenous life and culture that can be enjoyed online.
The library has also put together a study guide on Indigenous Studies if you would like to learn more about the Indigenous peoples of Canada and their history, as well as topics relevant to them in the past and present. This guide includes books, eBooks, videos, and more that you can access from AC Library!
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